The East Coast Upgrade
Network Rail have started a multi-million pound programme to upgrade the East Coast Main Line. The programme includes:
- Renewing track, signalling and overhead wire equipment on the approach to London Kings Cross station. The track is being re-laid in a new layout, with a disused tunnel being reopened, allowing for six tracks into the station instead of the current four.
- A new platform is being built at Stevenage for the Hertford North-Stevenage trains (buses are replacing trains between Watton-at-Stone and Stevenage while construction takes place)
- Relocating the control of signalling to Network Rail's operating centre in York
- Further improvement works are taking place further north of Peterborough
You can find out more about this programme at eastcoastupgrade.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
What is the East Coast Upgrade Project?
How does the East Coast Upgrade affect Great Northern and Thameslink services?
Wasn’t King’s Cross finished a few years ago?
What’s happening on the Moorgate line?
How are passengers affected by the construction of Stevenage Platform 5?
Is there more work to come?
Yes. There is significant further work planned as part of the East Coast Upgrade.
Later in 2019, 2020 and 2021
Full details for this period are still being finalised but there will be further longer packages of work, including line closures, which will have a big impact on our services.
The rail industry is working together to package the projects to reduce the number of times that passengers are disrupted and allow them to plan their journeys with confidence.
Dates and more details will be announced later in 2019. Closures will be advertised well in advance to allow passengers to plan ahead. Keep an eye on eastcoastupgrade.co.uk.
How are dates chosen?
We know that closing the railway to carry out improvement work has a big impact on passengers’ lives, which is why we work hard with Network Rail and other train companies to plan the work in a way that minimises overall disruption as much as possible. We hope that by providing several months’ notice people will be able to make informed choices and be more flexible with their travel plans.
All dates are chosen, as far as possible, to avoid major events.